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Monthly Archives: May 2012

 

By Marie Astor
Romance Lives Forever welcomes Marie Astor to the blog! Take
it away, Marie, and dance us to the stars…
Twenty-eight-year-old Claire Chatfield has everything a girl
could possibly wish for: looks, a promising career at New
York’s top architectural firm, and an engagement ring from one of New York’s most eligible
heir-bachelors! Life should be a dream, but when Alec Brunell, a sexy tango
dancer, moves into the apartment one floor above from Claire’s, he unwittingly
awakens Claire’s old insecurities, making her question her life choices. Will
Claire brave her fears and allow herself to take a chance on Alec, or will she
continue to play it safe?
In order to secure his place as his father’s successor,
thirty-three-year-old David Lawson must settle down with a wife befitting the
future head of Lawson Enterprises – and who could fit the prerequisite better
than the stunningly beautiful and incredibly bright Claire Chatfield? There is
just one glitch – David Lawson is in love with another woman – a Hollywood
Legend Claudia Block.
A successful tango instructor, Alec Brunell has never lacked
for women’s attention, but he finds himself at a loss when faced with his
downstairs neighbor, Claire Chatfield. Upon hearing of his occupation, most
women swoon with desire, but Claire runs for the door. Still, her iciness only
adds fuel to his fire, and Alec is determined to change Claire’s view of him.
Claudia Block has been basking in the limelight of Hollywood for more years
than she cares to admit. While she still has her looks, she would much rather
not mention her age, which makes her unconventional affair with young and
handsome David Lawson that much more difficult for her to give up.
Dance Me to the Stars is a love story about finding one’s
perfect match – sometimes following one’s heart is as convoluted as learning
the steps of tango.
Dance Me to the Stars has been selected in the first round
of entries in the General Fiction category in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel
contest this year.

About Marie Astor

Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels Dance Me to the Stars, On the Rim of Love, and Lucky Charm. Marie Astor has also
authored a collection of short stories A
Chance Encounter and Other Stories
. Marie’s latest contemporary romance
novel, Dance Me to the Stars, has
been selected in the first round of entries in the General Fiction category in
the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest this year. Currently, Marie is working on
her next novel – a first installment in her romantic suspense series.
Author Website: http://marieastor.com/

Hillary, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us, what is the most important thing you do for your career?

I keep writing and keep promoting! Even on those days that it seems like it isn’t possible to make it.
What do you enjoy most about life?
I love to have fun. My mother once told me that wasn’t what life was about, but I find that it is the only thing really. I love hanging out with my husband and our two year old. The joy she finds in things makes me so happy.
What did you learn from writing your first book?
I can do better—and I did. My next two novels are progressively better.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Do something you love. You spend WAY too much time working to not enjoy it.
What are some jobs you’ve done that would end up in a book?
Most of my jobs ended up in my first novel, Cappuccino is the Answer for Job Dissatisfaction. In fact, I started writing because I quit a crazy job after two days. People would have tears rolling down their cheeks when I told them about it. I figured I’d write in down and send it into Reader’s Digest—instead, I wrote a novel.
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
I would read anything J.K. Rowling writes.
If Diane Satterfield ever writes another novel (her first was The Thirteenth Tale), I’ll be reading it.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
San Francisco.
What song would best describe your life?
You and me against the world.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Talking to friends!
Please Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with mushrooms and olives.
I’m always ready for shopping.
When I’m alone, I read.
You’d never be able to tell, but I played the piano really well at one time (i.e. I played Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for a recital).
If I had a halo it would be slightly tarnished.
If I could do anything, I’d go on Dancing with the Stars!
I can never relax because I’m constantly thinking about what else I need to do.

Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope (Kindle)

Wings of Hope (Paperback)

 
Blurb: The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.
Genre: Literary Fiction
My Booklist
Wings of Hope
Cappuccino is the Answer for Job Dissatisfaction
Books Coming Soon
Justice Scorned, a legal thriller
Find Me Here

Touch of the Gods.

Have You Been Touched?

Love and war are usually opposing forces. So, what happens if they make a bet? Everyone has someone, right? But is everything really fair
in love and war? Heph isn’t the perfect guy, at least not where he lives and
being a divorced bachelor is the worst. Pressured by his brother and nephew to
find a mate, he moves to a new place, determined find ‘The One’.
He finds her living next door and when they meet? They
nearly go at it on the front lawn. Heph knows he has to do this the right way,
but he just can’t keep his hands off of the curvy, full-bodied Vanessa. Once
he touches her, it sets a catastrophe into motion, and he may lose the first
woman who could ever love him.
– – –
Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Hephaestus, the god of inventors, blacksmiths, and
volcanoes. Sounds great right? To be immortal and all powerful. Well, for this
guy, he’s hated by all the other gods, divorced from  Aphrodite. He’s lame
and unloved making his self esteem not the greatest. But he’s loyal to his
family, and has a bit of hope that his day for happiness will come.
If your main
character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
The strongest point for Heph would be the fact that he’s an
excellent handy man. He can fix anything and everything.
Does he think he has
a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is?
What does his enemy think it is?)
Being the everyday punching bag, his self esteem is the
weakness Hephaestus lives with. Because of the accident he suffered as a baby,
he has a limp. For a god, any imperfection makes one unworthy. So, he suffers
with image problems and is pretty anti-social.
What drives your hero
to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
Hephaestus is a loving spirit. He works hard to please his
customers and those he loves. Never the type to do things half way, the way
Heph lives is by giving 100%.
What’s your main
character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Listening to rap music and singing it as loud as possible.
If you didn’t know
how old you were how old would you be?
Physically Hephaestus would look to be in his twenties. But
in actuality he’s close to the age when man first came to be.
A biography has been
written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
How To Embarrass Your Older Brother.
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
Hawaii.
Hephaestus is the god of volcanoes.
He’d see that they stayed inactive.
What song would best
describe your life?
The Way I Am by Eminem
If you were a tool,
what would people use you to do?
Hammer in things. Heph loves his hammer.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would
be sold there?
Every tool and power tool known to man.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
Heph lived among humans after being cast from Olympus. His favorite class was in the blacksmith forges.
Tell us an
embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
Hephaestus once owned a pig. He later learned that the pig
was in fact his former neighbor who had been cursed by his older brother Ares.
Sadly that pig had been sold for more tools and the neighbor’s wife wasn’t too
thrilled with him.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Watch out for the Prince
Albert. It vibrates.
Please Fill in the
Blanks (as the character)
I love pizza with a bottle of tequila.
I’m always ready for the next shoe to drop.
When I’m alone, I long to be accepted.
You’d never be able to tell, but I’m a really big teddy
bear.
If I had a halo it would be melted
after working in the forge.
If I could fly I’d never have fallen from Olympus in the first place.
I can never like my brother Ares because he’s a
douche bag.
Other books by D. X.
Luc
Down the Yellow Brick Road:
Finding Homesickness
— New Concepts Publishing
A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday — New Concepts Publishing
About D. X. Luc
An avid reader since I was a child, I never found a book I
disliked. Mostly, you could find me lost in Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, or
Ernest Hemingway, and my most favorite, Ancient Greek literature. Taking my
love of books, I started writing poetry, short stories, and even helped with
screen writes for my drama club.
By the time I was in my teens, my older sister introduced me
to my first romance novel, The Hawk and the Dove by Virginia Henley. The moment
I fell into the world of love, I was hooked, and my addiction grew
until I found myself delving deeper into the erotic. After being convinced that I had the skills to try my hand
at writing, I went to work on my first story Down the Yellow Brick Road:
Finding Home. And since being published, I’ve not looked back.
Now, as a busy mom who homeschools, drives to activities,
and manages to find time to just cuddle with my husband of ten years, I have to
say, I love being naughty when I get the chance. It’s freeing and I wouldn’t
want it any other way!
Books Coming Soon
Just had a new release Touch of the Gods: The Wager on
Amazon
Find Me Here
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Neptune the Briarhearted.

Today, Romance Lives Forever is featuring a long-time friend, muse, and critique partner. I’m going to let her take over the blog… stand back, world. =^_^=  You have been warned.

– – –
File: D.N. “Nicki” Lyons
Age: 27.1 years old
Offending Document: Neptune the
Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning
Insanity Level: Bipolar Schizophrenic.
So I woke up this morning with a blistering sinus headache.
I mean, oh my God, fires of Hell, someone smashed me in the face with a spanner
sinus headache. What do you think I did about that?
Yeah, it wasn’t too unusual. So I just sat down, watched
People’s Court, and drank a disgusting concoction made of beets, spinach and
assorted fruit. Then I went to the gym and lifted almost one and a half times
my body weight. Pretty standard.
You see, I’m the kind of girl who lurches out of bed in the
morning, cusses out the cat when her blanket smells like pee, and drinks either
a metric fuckton of caffeine for breakfast or has nothing at all. I like my
mornings like I like my Tetris games: hard and fast.
Recently I published my first novel, Neptune
the Briarhearted – Book I: The Beginning. It’s a lovely little tale, filled
with humor, dark Lords, demons and magic, all mixed up in a pot with a
black-skinned, blonde-haired Wizard. Genetic limitations have no meaning to the
Planetaries.
This is in the same world (though far before that time) as “What
Flavor Are You?” a short story that is definitely not meant for the kiddies.
But this one—Neptune the Briarhearted, that
is—is YA. Harry Potter kinda stuff, or Lord of the Rings. Not adult in
content—and kids like Wizards and Elves a lot more than adults do, to hear my
local librarians talk. (The hand-drawn graphic novel type cover is a plus.)
So…if you want it, you can either order a preorder copy
directly from me (only 59 of the limited print are left, and they are signed
and numbered in the back, autographed in the front), or rush to your local
bookstore to have them carry it. If you ask Amazon really nicely, they might
put it on the Kindle. ^_^
And hey—Don’t be a stranger! Come on over to my neck of the
woods sometime.
Buy a first print: (PayPal is the only online payer I use
right now. But snail mail or Western Union is
also o.k.…just no cash. Personal checks are fine too.)
locke.saintaugustin (at) rocketmail.com
Get in touch: (Add me as a friend! I don’t bite. And if your
kiddies want a poster, ask here.)

Romance Lives Forever is in the hands of Cecilia Tan today, who will be talking about Passion in Prose and Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, her labor of love…

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Would you think I was crazy if I told you I’ve been writing
a book for thirty years? (THIRTY YEARS!) I suppose it might matter how long the
book is, right? Because I’ve been writing Daron’s Guitar Chronicles since I was
a teenager. It’s not exactly a “book,” partly because of how long it
is. It’s not a novel, but it is a story. That means it’s not a
“romance,” but it is a love story.

The main reason I can’t call it a romance is because most
people’s idea of a romance is so strict. For one thing, people expect the love
interest in a romance to be introduced in the first chapter. That doesn’t
happen in Daron’s Guitar Chronicles. DGC is a story about a young guitar player
trying to make it in the 1980s. He’s got conflict with his father, an uphill
battle to success, and on top of that, he’s in the closet. Finding the love he
needs to survive is an even steeper road than the road to fame.
Why don’t we meet Daron’s love interest in the beginning of
the book?
Because Daron isn’t ready to meet him yet. Daron isn’t just in the
closet. He’s deeply afraid of what might happen if people find out he’s gay.
He’s been fed homophobic crap his entire life and even though if you called him
on it he’d say he didn’t believe it, deep down, somehow, he does. He doesn’t
believe himself deserving of love and thinks he’s a pervert for the way his
hormones take over sometimes and make him act on his lust and frustration.
Many romances are the story of one person learning to love
another. But Daron is so weighed down by self-hate, by internalized homophobia,
that before he can learn to love someone else, he needs to learn to love
himself. Fortunately, he gathers people around him who love him without judging
him, though it takes time.
And that’s the real truth of the matter. It takes time to
get over something as complicated and deep-rooted as internalized homophobia.
Which is why this story couldn’t be told in one, short novel. It needed to
start early in Daron’s life and move gradually through all the twists and turns
of him coming of age and figuring stuff out. It’s a love story and that means
all kinds of love, family, friends, lust, and also romantic love.
The story’s length and gradual development are what kept me
from publishing it for so long. Gay publishers wanted me to cut it down and
concentrate on the coming out. Romance publishers wanted me to cut it down and
concentrate on one main relationship. Literary publishers wanted me to cut down
the pop culture references.
I found I couldn’t do any of those things without ruining
everything that makes the story work, everything that made my friends who read
the early drafts call it “addictive.”
This is why I’ve been publishing Daron’s Guitar Chronicles
on the web as a serial. You can read it for free starting here: (http://daron.ceciliatan.com/archives/1)
But there is one warning. It is addictive. Readers fall in love with Daron. But
eventually they catch up to the most recent chapter, and then they have to wait
for the next installment. Just like a TV show or a comic book, they have to
wait for the next episode. The story will eventually be finished, but for now
everyone is invited to fall in love with Daron the way I have and to come along
for the ride, which is still going through the ups and downs of his life.
And then for those who enjoy reading on paper, I’m running a
Kickstarter right now to raise the money to make an actual print version, and
for those who read on Kindle or other e-reader, there are already three volumes
of ebooks available. You can get them most places ebooks are sold and also by
supporting the Kickstarter as a reward gift, and for a slightly higher
contribution, get the printed book, too. For all the details about helping fund
a printed version, visit the Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/IlE7Bi
Love is ultimately the most rewarding thing I’ve found to
write about. I write about sex, I write about passion, I write about trying to
make the world a better place. I write IN ORDER to make the world a better
place, whether that’s through helping readers to understand how terrible
homophobia can be, or through helping them to escape tough issues in their own
lives by escaping into my character’s world for a while. I do it because I love
it, and I hope my readers love it right back.
– – –

Daron’s Guitar Chronicles interview

Cecilia, tell us
about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Daron is a headstrong young musician. He’s very closeted because
he was raised to think being gay is something bad, and yet he’s very confident
in his worth as a human being because of his musical talent. That makes for a
somewhat neurotic package, but he tries not to take himself too seriously. He’s
funny in a deadpan sort of way, and he tries never to let his wounds show. In
that way, he’s the opposite of a drama queen.
If your main
character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
His musical talent. Daron feels he’s got a gift and he just
doesn’t question it, even when he is insecure about everything else in life.
Does he think he has
a weakness?
His biggest weakness is definitely his hang-ups about sex
and sexuality. It leaves him vulnerable.
What drives your hero
to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the “good guy?”
Daron’s got a lot of bad role models in his life. His
father’s a two-bit con man, he is taken advantage of sexually by a roommate,
and in the music business it’s very hard to know who to trust. But he tries to
be better than all that. For a while he event thinks trying to be
“good” includes denying his own sexuality.
What’s your main
character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
Daron’s secret pleasure is dancing in his living room to
very loud funk and R&B.

 Personal Info: Daron

A biography has been written about you.
What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Oh jeez. I suppose “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s
Nest” is already taken, right? Just kidding. If it was written by someone
who liked me they’d hopefully title it something more like “I Love Rock
and Roll.” If it was written by someone who didn’t like me, they’d try to
get cute, a tell-all book called “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or
something insinuating like that.
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
I’ve pretty much settled on staying in Boston. I know I don’t want to live in Los Angeles. I’m from New Jersey originally and I always thought I’d move to New York City, but having lived in Boston for a while I’ve realized how nice it
is. I’m on the road a lot, so I’m not home as much as I might like. But when I
am, I really appreciate how laid back things are in Boston.
What song would best
describe your life?
I’ve written a lot of songs about my life. It’s too
difficult to pick one. At any given time it’s probably the song I wrote most
recently. I just wrote one called “Infernal Medicine” which is about
how relationships can be poisonous. You need that person to heal you, you know?
But sometimes they’re the wrong one. The title came from a trip to the doctor I
took. The sign said “Internal Medicine” but I mis-read it. A whole
song came out of that.
If you were a tool,
what would people use you to do?
Ha. Tune guitars. No question.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
I pretty much hated school. I was a loner. I got picked on.
The only reason I didn’t get bullied worse was because I faded into the
woodwork so much. The only good thing was probably music class, but even that
was a chore sometimes. When I got to junior high, though, and started playing
the guitar at lunch on the warm days when we were allowed to eat outside, that
was my favorite thing for sure. I wouldn’t even bother to eat. I’d just sit on
a picnic table and play and that was how I went from being a band nerd who got
picked on to being “cool.” As long as I had a guitar in my hands, I
was cool. That’s still true today,  I
guess.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Haha! “Do Not Eat.” I think sometimes I’m as toxic
to other people as they are to me. Or to one person in particular, anyway.

Please Fill in the Blanks (as Daron)

I love pizza with my bandmates at midnight after
rehearsal
.
I’m always ready for a gig.
When I’m alone, I write songs about being not alone.
You’d never be able to tell, but I really love bubblegum
pop. I’m supposed to hate it, I’m supposed to be a snob about it, but people
don’t appreciate how great a good pop tune is
.
If I had a halo it would be rusted.
If I could pick one person’s brain I’d pick David
Bowie’s
.
I can never be fully happy because I’m too f’d up.

About the Author

Cecilia Tan is “simply one of the most important
writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic
literature,” according to Susie Bright. In 1992 Tan founded Circlet Press,
a category-busting independent press that mixes science fiction/fantasy with
erotica, and which added an erotic romance line, Clasp Editions, in 2011. Tan
is the author of many books, including the romances Mind Games, The Hot Streak,
and the Magic University series. Her gay high fantasy
erotic romance THE PRINCE’S BOY is a current nominee for the Pauline Reage
Novel Award for BDSM-positive fiction.
Her short
stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov’s
Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame for LBT gwriters in 2010, was a recipient of the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2001, and
won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for crowdfunded fiction in 2010 for Daron’s
Guitar Chronicles
. She lives in the Boston
area with her lifelong partner corwin and three cats.

Find Cecilia Here

Find Daron
Here

First Chance.
I am a huge advocate when it comes to over-promoting. I
constantly see authors overdo the promotions of their books. Granted I know the
excitement is there. You want the world to know. You also want the world to buy
one copy. Right?
Well, I unexpectedly was off-line for the last few weeks
due to personal events and a quick trip to Florida. And in that time I noticed
something. Sales for my two self published books dipped. They fell. They
tumbled some. Hell, I’ll be honest… they crashed faster than the stock market
did under the democratic politicians.
Sales for my prequel to When We Meet Again, First
Chance,
was HOT! It hit number 61 in the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers back
in March when it was first released.
Then came Insatiable
Kate

an erotic tale that was once part of an anthology but when the rights
reverted back to me, it was off and running as a self-published book on Amazon.
Now what are their standings? *looks around* I don’t want
to discuss it. Not one single promotion anywhere online for over three weeks…
and there was a noticeable difference and I know my payment from Amazon will
reflect the slump. So what to do now?
Insatiable Kate
Light promotions. I will be offering Insatiable
Kate
free next weekend for Mother’s Day. My mindset is that moms
will receive gift certificate for Mother’s Day (Hint** buy some
ebooks for mom this year) and while she’s on Amazon shopping, she will see my
freebie. Win-win here. She gets a free bonus book to read and I may gain a new
reader for my fan base.
Now, I did mention LIGHT promotions. So do NOT expect
to see me over-flood the already saturated groups and loops with my freebie.
I’m hoping and praying for word of mouth exposure.
So now my main question is this… were sales through the
roof due to the fact that these were new releases? Or did the sales falter
because I didn’t promote at all?
The $64-million dollar question I hope to have an answer
for within a month. So stay tuned in for these ‘test’ results.
*the original post is part of my Promo Monday blog series.
But this is an experiment I wanted to share with a broader audience. as I’m
sure many authors have seen the same sales influx* 
Also on July 14 and July 15, the Marketing For RomanceWriters group are hosting various workshops on promoting and techniques. Please
be sure to join us.

Acceptance.
Welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it
cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My latest work is Catriona’s Curse. So far I’ve written just
gay novels, but this one delves into reincarnation and Paganism.
How do you come up
with ideas?
Not really sure. It’s usually when I’m trying to fall
asleep.
What is the single
most important part of writing for you?
Trying to make my characters and their surroundings seem
real.
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
Coming up with dialogue.
What do you enjoy
most about life?
Just life itself. When I was younger, I really enjoyed
traveling and wish I still could.
Where do you start
when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
I guess you’d say plotting. I decide what I want to happen
and then set out to make it happen to my characters.
What did you learn
from writing your first book? 
That I wasn’t crazy for wanting to do this.
Would you consider
self publishing?
I have self-published all three of my books. The first one,
I went through a self-publishing company. I’m still in the hole. The other two,
I went through Create Space which is free.
How many hours a day
to you spend writing?
Not as many as I should. Probably more like how many hours a
week do I spend? Sometimes, I can write for four or five hours straight. But
then, I have to stop and think about things for up to a week before I even
write another word.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Be yourself – stick up for your beliefs. In my younger days,
my life was ruled by my mother telling me, “What you want is to….” i.e. give up
music to take office practice, move away from my home town, get married, study
dental hygiene (that one I didn’t do.) Then the next twenty-three years, I did
what my now ex-husband told me to.
Are your stories driven
by plot or character?
I think by character. I think of my character first, then my
plot.
How do you balance a
life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
Considering I live alone, and am retired, the only life I
have outside of writing is church.
What is the craziest
thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Well, I didn’t do it myself, but two boys pulled me down a
hill in a sleeping bag after they threw a sweaty saddle blanket over my head.
It does sound like something Andrew (in my first book) would have done. I’ll
have to think about that.
What are some jobs you’ve
done that would end up in a book?
I worked as an accountant for forty years, and Alex in my
first book was a CPA.
If I was a first time
reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
I think it would be Acceptance. Because of the underlying
message of the story. Just because your son is gay is no reason not to accept
him as a good man, a respected human.
What do you hope
readers take with them after reading your work?
The knowledge that underneath all the negative publicity
about gay couples, they are really no different from straight couples. We all
want the same things – someone to hold us when we cry and to laugh with us when
we laugh and above all someone to love.
List two authors we
would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Nora Roberts and Ann McCaffery.
Why did you start
writing?
In 2003 (at the age of 60) I met about 3,000 gay men through
a TV show. They educated me to the problems facing the gay community. One of
them said he would like to see a story “where the boy meets the boy and they
ride off into the sunset together.” That’s what I try to portray – happily ever
after.
A biography has been
written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
She Did What People Expected
If money were not an
object, where would you most like to live?
The highlands of Scotland
What song would best
describe your life?
One Day At A Time
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would
be sold there?
Colorful things like balloons, flowers, streamers, and
banners.
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
Band
Do you play any
online, board, or role-playing games? Which ones?
I used to play D&D with some people, but haven’t for
eight years. I play Farm
Town on Facebook.
Tell us an
embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
I hope that includes my ex-husband. We were on the way to a
picnic once and he split his pants. The only thing we could find to repair them
was a stapler.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Danger: explosive temper

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pineapple and ham.
I’m always ready for adventure.
When I’m alone, I like the quiet.
You’d never be able to tell, but I used to love to dance.
If I had a halo it would be a
rainbow
.
If I could travel I’d go back to Scotland.
I can never get married again because Blackfox
died (he promised if I ever got stupid enough to get married again, he’d pipe
me to the altar
).

My Booklist

Acceptance: One Man’s Quest
First Impressions Don’t count
Cartiona’s Curse

Books Coming Soon

Working on two stories, but they don’t have titles yet. One
is a venture into paranormal about a werewolf.

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For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo.
Rosanna, welcome to Romance
Lives Forever. Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it
cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My debut paranormal romance For the Love of a God is
launching April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com, and I couldn’t be
happier! It is a true paranormal, with a hero who is dashing, intense and well,
supernatural. In this case, a Greek god.
In it, my heroine Maia Douglas is a scholarly museum statue
conservator, and somewhat of a museum geek. She has always been a little in love
with Greek mythology, specifically with Eryx, god of love. Her favorite
activity is to tend to the sensuous statue of him in her museum workplace.
She never dreams he could exist for real.
But one day, a new director comes to the museum and begins
to shake things up. A director who looks unnervingly like the image of the god
Eryx. Sparks
begin to fly between him and Maia. And before long, the mysterious man must
decide how much to reveal to her, and must face the fact that a vengeful
goddess is just as interested in Maia as he is.
What do you enjoy
most about writing?
The thing I enjoy most is falling in love with my
characters. It is so hard to “put them to bed” at the end of a book! An
author travels such an arduous, gut-wrenching journey with her characters. I
find myself wishing I could keep them with me for all time. However, it’s also
so exhilarating to set them loose upon the world, and hope they do well!
How many hours a day
to you spend writing?
Every day is a little different. I usually have a couple of
full days per week that I can devote to writing. Days when the interruptions
will be minimal. However, because I also work part-time and have a busy family,
other days are not necessarily good for writing. Even if I can’t spend a couple
of hours at my laptop, I will try to jot down notes that occur to me, or do
some quick revision. In this manner, I can stay in touch with my manuscript
much of the week.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Don’t sweat it. I turned the big 4-0 not long ago, and the
most wonderful epiphany happened at that time. I realized everything is going
to be okay. The things that used to bother me didn’t anymore. The petty
conflicts and troubles sort of flew away. When you get to a certain age, and
have seen a few things, you realize it’s all going to turn out fine. Glass half
full has always been my mantra, but I really believe it now. Life is good!
What are some jobs
you’ve done that would end up in a book?
I currently work part-time in a library, and some of my
short story heroines are librarians or archivists. I just love that world. I
worked in a bakery as a teen, and some of that experience has ended up in my
latest WIP. I was also a classical singer, and another of my heroines has had a
very similar experience to mine.
What do you hope
readers take with them after reading your work?
A giggle and a sigh. I hope my love scenes make you melt,
but that I also make you laugh with the humor in my books. I try to inject a
sense of humor as much as I can. And let’s face it, sex and romance can be very
funny things…all those body parts and positions…hilarious! Not to mention the
nerves a H/H can feel upon meeting “The One.”
List two authors we
would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Maya Banks! I love the first generation of her Colter
brothers (from Colters’ Woman). Ethan,
Adam and Ryan Colter are the sexiest men ever invented…and a big part of me is
hoping they actually exist somewhere…and that I run into them! Another favorite
author is Syrie James. Specifically, her book Nocturne. It was so evocative and I fell in love with her vampire
Michael. These two books are my “go-to” books when I need a
pick-me-up!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to
live?
London, England. I am completely fascinated
in British history and culture and would love to semi-retire there one day with
my husband. I’d use London as a hub and travel
all the time, visiting places such as Bath, Edinburgh and York.
Plus…all the Cadbury’s chocolate I want!!
As a child, what was
your favorite thing about school?
The boys!!! I was a very shy, but very boy-hungry, young
girl. When I was eight, I had a crush on a boy and was convinced we’d marry. That’s
how all my crushes were. Intense, fiery, and usually anti-climactic!
Tell us an
embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story
about a significant other will do. ^_^
I didn’t really have pets as a child, but for some reason, I
was always being chased by German Shepherds. It was terrifying! I’d go to the
park, a German Shepherd would chase me. I’d visit a friend, a German Shepherd
would chase me. I’d go to the corner store for a bag of chips, a German…you get
the idea. And the sad thing is, no one I knew owned a German Shepherd. I wonder
if that dog was my guardian angel. Either that, or I smelled like bacon.
If you came with a
warning label, what would it say?
Up in Flames
(coming soon)
“Beware Rosanna’s eyes.” When I narrow them at my
husband, he becomes very nervous.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese.
I’m always ready for a bag of salty chips.
When I’m alone, I write!
You’d never be able to tell, but there are a lot of
naughty thoughts going on in my head.
If I had a halo it would be on
crooked!.
If I could develop some will power I’d stop eating
chips.
I can never work in a bakery because I will
balloon from all the free treats.

Books Coming Soon

For the Love of a God – available April 23 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com
Up in Flames- available May 28 through www.liquidsilverbooks.com

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Shadow on the Wall.
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire, and
Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the
transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to
witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih,
Turkey,
Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change.
Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self
doubt stand in his way?
Pavarti’s Blog Tour celebrating the release of Shadow will last
the entire month of May. Check out her Blog Tour Page for a list
of all the stops, including giveaways, interviews, reviews, guest posts, and
other exciting events! 

About the Author

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother, and number
cruncher. She graduated Smith
College in 1999 with a
degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge,
Assistant Director, and Production Manager on productions both on and off
Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a
freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her
own accounting firm in the Washington
DC area, where she lives with her
husband, two daughters, and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is
hard at work as the Director of Publicity at Novel Publicity and penning her
next novel.
– – –
Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K Tyler is available NOW at Amazon.comor your local bookstore.

Tell
us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?

The Pirate’s Game. 

The man at the center of The Pirate’s
Game
is, as one might assume, a pirate named James Gibbs. Quite probably
he’s the love child of Captain Jack Hartness of Doctor Who and Torchwood
and Captain Jack Sparrow if the latter sobered up. In his world piracy is so
organized there are several different kinds with their own turfs and rules of
conduct, and he’s one of the northern pirates’ most cheeky captains. He gets
the job put in front of him done, but he’ll make a profit on the side and
probably talk you into bed before you realize it’s happened while he’s waiting
for his next cargo to load. Probably your friends too.

If
your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
He’d grin like a lecher and tell you his
point is very strong indeed, and he’d love to give you a personal demonstration.
Does
he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his
lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He knows exactly what his weakness is, which
is caring about someone who can be hurt. That’s exactly what his enemy thinks
it is, and they’ve already used it against him. His next lover is a little
harder to hurt, though, though he does come with some interesting strings.
What
drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the
“good guy?”
Captain Gibbs has seen enough of the world
and the pain it can bring to want to put things right where he can though also
within reason. He takes care of his men and his ship, and he’s smart about who
he steals from and what he takes, but he knows he can’t keep everyone happy and
all the scales balanced. He’s a realist, but he has a hopefully romantic heart
beneath it all too. I think part of him hopes he can save the world someday
even though he knows better.
What’s
your main character’s favorite guilty pleasure?
He likes all pleasure, and he’s not guilty
about anything. Outside of sex, though, I think his most surprising indulgence
would be a ravenous appetite for chocolate. That’s not present in this book,
but I promise you it’s still there.
If you didn’t know how old you were how old
would you be?
Twelve. A very randy twelve.
A
biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in
six words or less?
James Gibbs, Randy Bastard
If
money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Ach, at the Ring, lass, though it’d be
better if you came to stay with me.
Picture
yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of
products would be sold there?
In the front, the best and hardiest supplies
for a long journey at sea, probably all stolen and sold to you at criminal
markup. In the back, the dildos and straps enough to make a whore blush, and
plenty of those in both genders to make the blushing that much more fun.
As
a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
That there wasn’t any.
Tell
us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a
story about a significant other will do. ^_^
Not so much for pets at sea. They start to
look too tasty when w’been gone too long. There was this first mate once a’fore
I was captain who liked to roll his trousers under his great belly while we was
sailing if it got too hot. His arse weren’t unpleasant t’look at, so I did my
fair share o’peeking when the waist drifted south an’ he couldn’t let go of the
lines and put matters to rights. But like I said, sometimes at sea food runs
out or goes scarce, and while fat bellies grow tauter during a famine, trousers
don’t give a damn. Let’s just say I was more than happy to be in the front when
those knickers came down, and after I saw what the first mate had to offer, I
made it my business to get a lot better acquainted with both his back and front
sides.
If
you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Nothing, because I’d be certain to have it
removed. Though I wouldn’t object to being labeled “Warning: Great
Pleasure in Store.”
James Gibbs fills in the blanks…
I love pizza* with you.
I’m always ready for *chuckles
suggestively*.
When I’m alone, I try not to think about
the past
.
If I had a halo it would be twisted into
a pretzel and sold
.
If I could erase the Cloister from ever
existing
I’d do it in a heartbeat 
.
I can never go back to South
Maidras
because of what happened with that trio of dancing
girls and their manager. But ah, lass, it was fun
.
About the Author
Heidi Cullinan
Heidi Cullinan lives in Iowa. She’s always loved a good love story,
provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves
above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there
just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When she isn’t writing, Heidi
enjoys knitting, reading, movies, TV shows on DVD, and all kinds of music. She
has a husband, a daughter, and too many cats.
Her most recent release is The Pirate’s Game, a fantasy
about love triangles (and quadrilaterals) while giving chase and braving fierce
battles on the high seas. The Pirate’s Game is the third book in the first
Etsey trilogy.
Find Heidi on the Web: Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, and her website. Also visit Heidi as one of
the co-owners of the naughty blog Coffee and
Porn in the Morning.